Air Pollution Increases, Causing 7 Million Deaths Every Year

"Smog" by Simone Ramella licensed under CC BY 2.0
Smog” by Simone Ramella licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: The Guardian

The UN recently reported that the global response to air pollution control is not up to par, as data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates an 8% increase in airborne pollutants in cities around the world.

Tests to measure car emissions are not often accurate and are unreliable, according the the UN, who deemed the inaccuracy of lab results as detrimental to any advancements on improving air quality. According to a test conducted by the UK government on 37 diesel vehicles, 97 percent demonstrated emissions well above the limit by law, some producing as much as six times the limit.

Without accurate tests and respective lab results, it is impossible to determine improvements on control of air pollution, which causes approximately 7 million deaths every year.

The UN pinpointed a number of significant controls on pollutants that could be made, including improvements on cooking stoves, vehicle standards, use of electric cars, public transportation and limits on waste burning., among others.

Read full story at: The Guardian

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